View Our Homes http://www.view-our-homes.com a blog about Calgary and Area Real Estate en-ca (C) 1996-2018 Norm Rousseau & Sylvia Garrett MaxWell Realty 120 Wed, 23 May 2018 04:27:14 G5T Wed, 23 May 2018 04:27:14 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/0a1fa43d-04f6-4eb0-a414-3133806e4948 Wed, 23 May 2018 04:27:14 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/0a1fa43d-04f6-4eb0-a414-3133806e4948 <p>This immaculate villa features an excellent floor plan with large principle rooms! Enjoy vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a huge master suite and a deluxe ensuite with heated floor, 2 sinks, separate shower and a jetted tub. A spacious dining room for entertaining and a sun filled living room with a fireplace. A convenient Second bedroom plus a main floor Den and laundry. The walk out level is fully developed for maximum living space. Plenty of space for a pool table in the family room, great office space with built-ins, and a third bedroom and 4 piece bath. BBQ on the deck or relax on the lower patio! Great location minutes from the LRT and Fish Creek Park. This is NOT a CONDO but A WELL RUN HOA with $150 a month to cover landscaping ,snow removal &amp; exterior painting!</p><p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/virtualtour247580mlshighresimage542.jpg"><img width="476" height="317" title="virtual-tour-247580-mls-high-res-image-54" align="left" style="border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="virtual-tour-247580-mls-high-res-image-54" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/virtualtour247580mlshighresimage54thumb.jpg" border="0"><br></a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>CREB Photos &amp; Data: </p><p><a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/Pq3WBwrp9m/1010SHAWNEERoadSW">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/Pq3WBwrp9m/1010SHAWNEERoadSW</a> Immaculate Villa in Shawnee Estates $529,900 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/a300e11b-81be-4dad-90ab-298ac13446f6 Wed, 16 May 2018 05:00:27 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/a300e11b-81be-4dad-90ab-298ac13446f6 <p>ENJOY INNER CITY LOFT LIVING! This top floor unit features soaring 18 foot ceilings, an entire wall of windows providing lots of natural light, upgraded flooring and titled parking! The open kitchen is perfect for entertaining and features black appliances, maple cabinets, pantry and an eating bar. A large open living/dining area with access to the north facing balcony offers a great place to unwind or BBQ. A two piece bath, laundry and extra storage complete the main level. The second level is lofted with the master bedroom, ensuite and corner soaker tub. Outstanding location minutes from downtown, 17 Ave, Marda loop, public transportation and River Park!</p><p align="left">CREB Info: <a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/DWsFghjm9m/150527AvenueSW">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/DWsFghjm9m/150527AvenueSW</a></p><p>Info: <a title="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4162898-207-1505-27-av-sw-south-calgary-calgary-alberta-t2t1g5/" href="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4162898-207-1505-27-av-sw-south-calgary-calgary-alberta-t2t1g5/">http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4162898-207-1505-27-av-sw-south-calgary-calgary-alberta-t2t1g5/</a></p><p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/207-1505-27-ave-sw29b195d7bf24a04ecd81c4eb8ea170080c.jpg"><img width="534" height="356" title="#207 1505 27 Ave SW-29" align="left" style="border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="#207 1505 27 Ave SW-29" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/207-1505-27-ave-sw29thumbffa5a4e5f27a40ae8d18e0de1e72fb35.jpg" border="0"></a><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/207-1505-27-ave-sw1558a8ce75dab740e99b51d5753642360a.jpg"><img width="534" height="356" title="#207 1505 27 Ave SW-15" align="left" style="border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="#207 1505 27 Ave SW-15" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/207-1505-27-ave-sw15thumb239524228f604509b09699d324de03a4.jpg" border="0"><br></a></p> ENJOY INNER CITY LOFT LIVING 279,000 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/737985ad-3066-4794-a6aa-91dcc123f4a0 Mon, 14 May 2018 03:25:12 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/737985ad-3066-4794-a6aa-91dcc123f4a0 <p>IDEAL UPGRADED 5 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME! The welcoming living room features high vaulted ceilings, fireplace and a large window over looking the cul-de-sac. Family sized kitchen with central island, pull out drawers and spacious eating nook. Convenient adjoining family room with fireplace. Separate dining room for entertaining family and friends. Curved staircase leads to the spacious 2nd floor with 3 bedrooms and a library/den with custom book cases. King size master suite with upgraded ensuite features granite counter and oversized custom shower with rain head. The main bath has also been upgraded with granite counter and deep soaker tub. Professionally developed lower level provides 2 generous sized bedrooms each with California closets, media area, and work out space plus a 3 piece bath. Relax in the hot tub with composite privacy screen or BBQ on the maintenance free deck. Mature treed pie shaped lot. Minutes from LRT, children's parks, tennis courts and Fish Creek Park.</p><p>CBEB Details: <a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/r9Vs9Ymn9m/125SHAWNEECourtSW">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/r9Vs9Ymn9m/125SHAWNEECourtSW</a></p><p>More Info: <a title="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4178317-125-shawnee-co-sw-shawnee-slopes-calgary-alberta-t2y1v8/" href="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4178317-125-shawnee-co-sw-shawnee-slopes-calgary-alberta-t2y1v8/">http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4178317-125-shawnee-co-sw-shawnee-slopes-calgary-alberta-t2y1v8/</a></p><p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img02961.jpg"><img width="448" height="336" title="IMG_0296" align="left" style="border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_0296" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0296thumb1.jpg" border="0"></a><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img02982.jpg"><img width="451" height="338" title="IMG_0298" align="left" style="border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_0298" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0298thumb2.jpg" border="0"><br></a></p> Shawnee fully developed Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/bc06e986-aa2c-46a4-a8bd-c01d881c9182 Mon, 14 May 2018 03:05:03 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/bc06e986-aa2c-46a4-a8bd-c01d881c9182 <p>Market update</p><p>by Steve Randall | May 10, 2018<p>An important number that affects the ability of millions of Canadians to qualify for a mortgage has changed.<p>The Bank of Canada has raised its conventional five-year mortgage rate from 5.14% to 5.34%.<p>The rate is the one used for stress tests under the B-20 mortgage lending guideline so any borrower with less than a 20% down payment seeking mortgage insurance must be able to afford payments.<p>For those who do not require mortgage insurance, the rate is one of the two stress test benchmarks used, the other being the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points.<p>The Canadian Press says that the rate increase coincides with an estimated 47% of mortgages that are due for refinancing in 2018, based on a CIBC Capital Markets report.<p>The big five banks have also recently increased their 5-year FRM rates. When Toronto Dominion increased its rate is was called the “biggest move in years”. It just got harder to qualify for a mortgage Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/02b6870c-3403-4615-877e-28d1ffe658db Fri, 04 May 2018 11:48:20 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/02b6870c-3403-4615-877e-28d1ffe658db <p>Prices steady, but struggles in Alberta economy weighs on housing<p>City of Calgary, May 1, 2018 –<p>Changes to the lending industry and a challenging economic recovery are weighing on sales activity in Calgary's housing market. <p>Supply levels have not adjusted to the weaker demand environment, and that is preventing price recovery. <p>"Slower sales do not come as a surprise, given the economy has not yet improved enough to offset the impact of changes in the lending industry," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. <p>"While the rising inventories are being monitored, prices have remained relatively flat as gains in some areas of the city have been offset by declines in other areas." <p>The easing sales trend persisted through April in Calgary's housing market. Calgary sales totaled 1,518 units in April, which is 20 per cent below last year and 25 per cent below long-term averages.<p>The detached sector has seen the largest decline, with year-to-date sales totaling 2,991 units, 27 per cent below the 10-year average. <p>Inventory levels in April totaled 7,324 units. This is a 32 per cent rise over last year, but well below the monthly high of 10,129 units recorded in 2008. Supply compared to demand has risen, but city-wide prices have remained relatively stable, totaling $436,500 in April, a monthly and annual gain of 0.21 per cent. <p>"The reality is that there's selection heading into the active spring market," said CREB® president Tom Westcott. <p>"For many sellers, they have to decide what price they are willing to accept for a lifestyle change. At the same time, buyers need to understand the supply dynamics and price movements in the specific area, as they may not align with their expectations."<p>So far this year, apartment and attached sales have eased to levels that are comparable to 2016. However, rising supply in both markets have pushed months of supply to the highest levels recovered over this four-month period, which is preventing any significant shifts in pricing trends. </p> CREB Soft sales continue in April Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/16b8136f-5c96-4afa-8a0b-18f66665cec3 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:43:23 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/16b8136f-5c96-4afa-8a0b-18f66665cec3 <p>This air conditioned 4 bedroom home in the Hamptons is in mint condition! You are welcomed with high vaulted ceilings in the foyer! Beautiful hardwood floors on the main including the stairs. Spacious living and dining room for hosting family and friends. Open kitchen with a granite island and counter tops, stainless appliances and a corner pantry. A sunny eating nook with access to a large deck. Bright family room with a gas fireplace and convenient den and main floor laundry. <a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/front-jpg2.jpg"><img width="534" height="387" title="Front jpg" align="left" style="margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px; border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Front jpg" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/front-jpgthumb.jpg" border="0"></a>All 4 bedrooms are a good size including the master with a walk-in closet and a great ensuite with soaker tub and a separate shower. Well designed open living space down including recreation room/games area and a 5th bedroom with a walk in closet. Updates include a high efficiency furnace, newer hot water tank and newer roof shingles. Excellent location on a quiet street close to school, parks and public transportation.</p><p>CREB Details: <a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/hFjV228j9m/101HAMPSTEADCloseNW">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/hFjV228j9m/101HAMPSTEADCloseNW</a></p><p>More Info: <a title="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4172176-101-hampstead-cl-nw-hamptons-calgary-alberta-t3a5j1/" href="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4172176-101-hampstead-cl-nw-hamptons-calgary-alberta-t3a5j1/">http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4172176-101-hampstead-cl-nw-hamptons-calgary-alberta-t3a5j1/</a></p> Four bedroom home in the Hamptons 646,000.00 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/b6f3dc00-6279-480a-975d-915282a0e003 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:36:15 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/b6f3dc00-6279-480a-975d-915282a0e003 <p>This is the bungalow that you have been waiting for! Spacious bight living room with a bay window. Beautiful hardwood floors. Upgraded kitchen with custom full height cabinets, granite counters and designer tile backsplash. Modern main bath with granite vanity and jetted tub. Three main floor bedrooms including a large master. Fully finished lower level with a comfortable family room with a gas fireplace, flex room, 4th bedroom with a walk in closet and a 3 piece bath. Plenty of storage space. Over sized single garage and concrete parking pad. Nicely landscaped south facing yard with space for the kids and the dog. Outstanding location close to parks, school, shopping, community center and major bus routes!</p><p>CREB Details: <a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/GPQHSS1g9m/119PINEGROVECloseNE">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/GPQHSS1g9m/119PINEGROVECloseNE</a></p><p>More Info: <a title="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4177030-119-pinegrove-cl-ne-pineridge-calgary-alberta-t1y1l1/" href="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4177030-119-pinegrove-cl-ne-pineridge-calgary-alberta-t1y1l1/">http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4177030-119-pinegrove-cl-ne-pineridge-calgary-alberta-t1y1l1/</a><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/front-summer.jpg"><img width="534" height="400" title="Front Summer" align="left" style="border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Front Summer" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/front-summerthumb.jpg" border="0"></a><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0277.jpg"><img width="534" height="400" title="IMG_0277" align="left" style="border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_0277" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0277thumb.jpg" border="0"></a></p> Pineridge Renovated 3 Bedroom Bungalow 364,900.00 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e05d91df-2aac-4004-adb0-fbd561e33108 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 02:43:29 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e05d91df-2aac-4004-adb0-fbd561e33108 <p>With the spring housing market underway, inventory in Calgary has increased, which is likely to slow the rise in still-subdued prices.<p>Calgary Real Estate Board’s citywide benchmark price for detached homes was $502,000 in the first quarter of 2018, down slightly from the end of 2017 but similar to a year earlier.<p>The March benchmark price was $503,800, 1% above the recession low but still 3.6% below the pre-recession high.<p>Meanwhile, first quarter sales were down almost 18% year-over-year to 3,423 units. That’s 24% below long-term averages.<p>“Economic conditions are slowly improving, but it has not been enough to outpace the current impact of higher lending rates and more stringent conditions,” said CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.<p>The slow pace of sales meant inventory increased to a 4-month supply but the overall level is 10% below the averages of 2015 and 2016 with 2,573 units available in the first quarter of 2018.<p>“We are entering the most active quarters in the housing market with more inventory, which could create some price fluctuations. However, the improving economy is expected to prevent overall prices from slipping by significant amounts,” added Lurie.</p> Calgary home prices still struggling to recover Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/8a8d530b-fb58-491a-83d3-9bb6b0e101e5 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 02:02:59 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/8a8d530b-fb58-491a-83d3-9bb6b0e101e5 <p><strong>Prices remain stable compared to last year</strong><br> </p><p>City of Calgary, April 2, 2018 – As expected, slow sales this quarter have persisted through March in the City of Calgary. This is not a surprise, after stronger growth in sales at the end of last year following the announced changes to the lending market. First quarter sales totaled 3,423 units, nearly 18 per cent below last year’s levels and 24 per cent below long-term averages. Easing sales and modest gains in new listings caused inventories to rise and months of supply to remain above four months. <a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capture.gif"><img width="534" height="209" title="Capture" align="left" style="margin: 12px 27px 6px 0px; border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Capture" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capturethumb.gif" border="0"></a> “Economic conditions are slowly improving, but it has not been enough to outpace the current impact of higher lending rates and more stringent conditions,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “We are entering the most active quarters in the housing market with more inventory, which could create some price fluctuations. However, the improving economy is expected to prevent overall prices from slipping by significant amounts.” While prices trended down on a quarterly basis, they remained relatively unchanged over last year’s levels due to modest gains in the detached sector offsetting declines in the apartment sector. The citywide benchmark price for detached product averaged $502,000 in the first quarter. This is slightly lower than the fourth quarter of last year, but comparable to levels recorded in the first quarter of last year. In March, the detached price reached $503,800, 3.6 per cent below pre-recession highs, but one per cent above the lows recorded during the recession. “The market today is better than what we experienced at the peak of the recession,” said CREB® president Tom Westcott. “You can find good value if you’re looking to buy a home, and you can also get good value if you’re selling. Being well-informed, in any economic condition, is the key, because there are differences in the market depending on what type of property it is and where it is located.” Detached market inventories in the first quarter of 2017 were low compared to historical standards. This year, detached inventories have averaged 2,573 units over the first quarter, 10 per cent below first quarter averages recorded during 2015 and 2016. Spring will have more inventory than last year, slowing progress on price recovery. However, the amount of price adjustment will vary depending on competing supply by location and product type Housing market inventory on the rise March 2018 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/8d821261-8d74-42f9-b3b0-83b04229b481 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:36:05 G3T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/8d821261-8d74-42f9-b3b0-83b04229b481 <p>This is your Great opportunity to own 4.62 acres, with a 1443 square foot three bedroom bungalow. This acreage is NOT pie shaped or a panhandle lot it is 78.04 meter frontage X 239.80 meters deep rectangular lot allowing for future development. You can enjoy this solid bungalow ready for your creative ideas and only 15 minutes from Calgary or Okotoks? The main floor has large living room, dining area, kitchen and three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a four piece ensuite and the other 4 piece bathroom is accessible for the two other bedrooms. The home features vaulted ceilings, that aid in spreading all the natural light and views visible from the west facing windows. The full basement is ready for your creative ideas.<b></b><p><b></b><p><b>Goods Included:</b> Dishwasher-Built-In, Dryer, Microwave Hood Cover, Refrigerator, Stove-Electric, Washer, Window Coverings-All<p><b>Directions:</b> From Calgary: south on Hwy2 or 2A, east on Dunbow Road to 1100 Drive, acreage on your right. Seven km from Deerfoot Trail East on Dunbow Road<p>CREB Details: <a href="https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/PDQ0ty5h9m/2420111100DriveE">https://matrix.crebtools.com/matrix/shared/PDQ0ty5h9m/2420111100DriveE</a><p>Details: <a title="http://2420111100dre.maxwellsells.ca/" href="http://2420111100dre.maxwellsells.ca/">http://2420111100dre.maxwellsells.ca/</a><p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img02871.jpg"><img width="435" height="326" title="IMG_0285" align="left" style="border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_0285" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0285thumb.jpg" border="0"><img width="435" height="326" title="IMG_0287" align="left" style="border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_0287" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img0287thumb1.jpg" border="0"><br></a> 1,453 Sq. ft. bungalow on 4.62 acres Norm Rousseau